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If you need to tell the government every year how much pain you’re causing others, you may be in the wrong line of work. Putting animals in pain to get published is a core business practice for animal experimenters. Since 1970, USDA has made experimenters fill out a form annually (see pic of form)  in which they have to estimate how much pain they’re causing, and if pain relief is…

Harming animals in medical tests often involves getting animals shipped to the U.S. from overseas. Until recently, that was often done on commercial aircraft, with the animals caged in the cargo section. Thanks to many of you, this is becoming much less common. In fact, as of 2018, all but one of the commercial airlines refuse to ship animals to be harmed in medical tests. Air France is the only…

To date, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service has been killing kittens in Beltsville, MD.      · First, USDA buys 50-100 kittens from a breeder in Iowa.       · Then USDA gives the kittens food poisoning and collects a stool sample.      · Two weeks later, they kill and incinerate the kittens. ​Since 1982, they’ve killed nearly 3,000 kittens this way. And despite USDA’s claims that they’re looking…

After Florence hit, you saw videos of dogs being rescued, and of factory farms under water, but you never saw the havoc natural disasters cause for animals stuck in labs. Caged behind thick concrete walls and complex security systems, animals in labs suffer and die, drowning or starving behind bars. A “lucky few” are euthanized before suffering that same fate. Demand that labs have disaster management plans that involve more than euthanizing animals.…

In case you missed it, today we made an offer to the USDA that we hope they'll accept. It relates to this gruesome playbook they've been running since the 1980’s in Beltsville, MD: Step 1: Order 50-100 kittens (2 months old) from a breeder in Iowa Step 2: Cage the kittens and give them food poisoning when they’re 8 weeks old Step 3: Collect stool samples from the kittens to…

“I am not interested to know whether Vivisection produces results that are profitable to the human race or doesn't. To know that the results are profitable to the race would not remove my hostility to it. The pains which it inflicts upon unconsenting animals is the basis of my enmity towards it, and it is to me sufficient justification of the enmity without looking further.”- May 26, 1899 It's easy…

Our thoughts are with all the people and animals affected by the fires ravaging California this week. In this series we continue to look at the suffering experienced by animals trapped in labs when disasters strike. In our last blog post, we looked at the impacts of hurricanes on animals in labs and learned that many of the animals who initially survive disasters are still killed by animal researchers when…

As a followup to our previous post about common marmosets, we’ll now take a look at how often they’re used in research, why they’re used, and which parts of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have most readily ignored federal law with regards to the need to “replace, reduce, and refine” experimentation on animals. Here’s the current state of play:  1,175 used from 2013-2017: In contrast to rhesus macaques, which…

Around 35 million years ago in our evolution, we diverged from the group of non-human primates we call marmosets. There are 11 known species of marmosets alive today, and since the 1960s, one of these species has been used more than the others in medical experiments in the U.S. That species is the common marmoset (callithrix jacchus). It’s a New World primate species native to northeast Brazil. Physical features: Catlike…

Last summer, we at NEAVS asked our supporters to submit comments to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) pleading for the expedited rehoming of former research chimpanzees to sanctuary, something NIH had promised years earlier but had yet to complete. Now we have good news to share! NIH has announced the development and implementation of a strategy to move their remaining former research chimpanzees to Chimp Haven, away from their…